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LibraryThing: OU History of Science Collections HSCI 3013 - section 995 - Spring 2014

Hello world!

Greetings from both of us! We are looking forward to getting to know you this semester through your online posts and essays. We'll also be hanging out often at the Janux course platform, and if you're located in Norman, we hope we'll have the opportunity to meet you in person.

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Kerry Magruder
Associate Professor, Curator,

Brent Purkaple
Teaching Assistant, Spring 2014
Graduate Student, History of Science Department

Regular Communication is essential to this class:

Which Email client should I use?

1. Web browser. You may use your web browser, if you like: Everyone at OU now has an IMAP or Exchange email account which you can access at http://exchange.ou.edu. This web-based email does not display ads and offers unlimited storage space.

2. Configure an email program to read your OU email. In addition to or instead of web-based email, you can also use a dedicated email application like Outlook or Netscape or Thunderbird or Mail to check your email and save messages on your computer. You can find information about different email program options at the IT Support Center, http://support.ou.edu. If you do not already have an email application that you enjoy, check out Thunderbird: this free mail reader is part of the Mozilla open source project like Composer (the app we will use for building web pages). Thunderbird works similarly to Outlook but without the user hassles of dealing with advertisements and spam, and Thunderbird's default settings are more secure than Outlook's because it won't automatically run scripts attached to incoming emails.

NOTE: If you use the OU Exchange mail system and especially if you use Outlook with Exchange mail, some of your friends may be unable to receive attachments that you send to them. Unless they, too, are within the Exchange system, your attachments will be sent to them in Microsoft's proprietary (closed) format called TNEF, instead of in open, standard formats such as jpg, txt, etc. This is the problem that is going on when a recipient of one of your emails tells you they received an attachment as a "winmail.dat." To fix it, you need to change your email settings in Outlook. Here are instructions for how to change these settings:

    1. Cornell University (try this first)
    2. Microsoft (a bit more complicated)

May I forward my email to a non-OU account?

WARNING: Email forwarding does not always work! Let's say you are using Hotmail -- if your Hotmail inbox fills up and email gets returned to sender, you could miss important class information. I will make no special efforts to deliver the email to you if it is returned to sender.

What if I use AOL? It is STRONGLY recommended that you use your OU email account for this class and that you DO NOT FORWARD your email to another address. Emails sent from Desire2Learn and other University systems often bounce back as undeliverable from America Online. THE INSTRUCTOR WILL TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY IF YOUR EMAIL IS RETURNED AS UNDELIVERABLE. Every semester, there are numerous problems with email being returned as undeliverable because students have their email forwarded to other email accounts, usually AOL. This is a very serious problem, so you should definitely think twice before forwarding your email. If you decide that you do want to forward your OU email, despite these serious risks, go to http://account.ou.edu and follow the instructions there for email forwarding. But send yourself an email every day throughout the course - test it daily to see if forwarding actually keeps working!


"I apologize that I did not have time to send a shorter letter." Pascal, to a friend.

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HSCI 3013. History of Science to 17th centuryCreative Commons license
Kerry Magruder, Instructor, 2004
Brent Purkaple, TA

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Many thanks to the pedagogical model developed in Mythology and Folklore and other online courses by Laura Gibbs, which have been an inspiration for this course.

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